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#12 – Cinemasaurs: Dinosaurs as Moviestars

Ever since Gertie back in 1914, dinosaurs have roamed the film industry. This week we walk in the footsteps of these iconic beasts together with VFX Supervisors – and Dinosaur geeks – Cameron Scott and Staffan Linder. How has the look of cinema dinosaurs changed over the years, what techniques have been used – and why will the T-Rex always remain king of the dinosaurs – despite those ridiculously tiny arms?


Gertie the dinosaur” (1914) the first cinemasaur.
Monsters of the past” (1923) – dinosaurs created by Virginia May.
The dragon fight from Fritz Lang’s ”Niebelungen”  (1924)
Test footage for “Creation” by stop motion pioneer Willis O’Brien (1931)
The Lost World” (1925) – trailer
Mighty Joe Young” (1949) – trailer
Unknown Island” (1948) – scroll to 1:48 for a wonderfully camp men-in-dino-suits-scene.
The Valley of the Gwangi” (1969) trailer – stop motion by Ray Harryhausen.
Caveman” (1981) – dinosaur by Jim Danforth. Scroll to 5:30 to enjoy Ringo Starr’s encounter with a dinosaur
Clip from ”Baby – Secret of the Lost legend” (1985)
The T-Rex attack scene from ”Jurassic Park” (1993)
T-Rex fight from Peter Jackson’s ”King Kong” (2005)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” – trailer
Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle clip – is this how dinosaurs walked?



Published 6 years ago